Transportation Transformed: New Regulations & Emphasis on Safety & Multimodality are Reshaping the Parameters of CEQA Transportation Analyses



Friday, May 19, 2017
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Change is coming on all fronts—from the rise in infill projects and new legislation such as SB743 and AB 1358 to active transportation plans and general plans that promote alternative travel modes and emphasize safe walking and bicycling—and all require new ways to evaluate transportation impacts. Transportation professionals also have new tools—the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual, the NACTO Urban Street Design Manual, more powerful activity-based travel demand models, and upcoming new Trip Generation and Highway Capacity Manuals. Although the transition from LOS to VMT has received the most attention, it is only one of many changes that are transforming transportation in California as well as impact assessment under CEQA. Panelists in this session will discuss current “state-of-the-practice” regarding design and analysis of transportation for all roadway users; the growing importance of impact assessment related to pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities; and challenges such as creating effective mitigation and evaluating its actual effectiveness. The panel will share their experiences with high profile and progressive projects throughout California and the perspectives they’ve gained. This session will engage participants to gain a working understanding of the changes ahead and to discuss how to comply with new regulations and progressive general plans, address safety concerns, and provide an effective and defensible analysis in the environmental document.




Meghan Macias

Meghan is a transportation planner/traffic engineer with over 17 years of experience on numerous and varied projects through California, including land development, infrastructure, active transportation, and master/specific/general plans. Meghan has a track record of managing complicated and controversial projects to achieve defensible and implementable solutions to technical ... Read More

Fernando Sotelo

Fernando is a registered traffic engineer in California and a certified transportation planner with a master’s degree in transportation engineering. He has extensive experience in CEQA and the technical aspects of transportation planning, including travel demand forecasting, traffic impact analyses, and parking demand studies. Read More

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